What Linux Users Are Saying About GNOME In 2012
Written by Michael Larabel in Software on 18 December 2012. Page 10 of 10. 66 Comments

901: I do, but I guess they don't give a fuck now, do they?

902: Get rid of the resource hog known as compiz! There has to be a better solution to achieve the same goal(s). Or, at least have a single-click option to configure gnome2,3,... to turn off all eye-candy and have gnome configured for best performance (lowest resource usage).

903: The dock and Exposé ripoffs are both very inefficient to use compared to what was in Gnome 2. Finding out what's running, where it's running, switching between things, and getting the right window to open are a lot more time-consuming than they have any right to be. Cut down on clicks required to accomplish common tasks. Especially cut down on cursor travel distance. It's ridiculous that if you wish to perform multiple tasks from Overview, you need to hit overview, watch the animation, click on something, watch the animation as you're taken out of Overview, and then repeat the whole process for each item in the list.

And I suggest that the notification system is improved to take into account that not everyone has a lot of friends that they send instant messages to. In fact, the only notifications I ever get are of things I neither asked for nor care about (you say that when I mounted that hard drive, I was in fact mounting a hard drive? INTERESTING), making the whole notification system nothing but a nuisance that I had to turn to an extension to get rid of. You should provide an official off switch, or at least put messages into different categories and let the user decide what they want to see.

And kindly un-fuck Nautilus. Yes, people really were using stuff like the home button. Now I have to go into a menu to go there. More clicks. More looking through menus. Longer cursor travel. These are bad things. Stop doing bad things. If you want to fix Nautilus, how about turning it from the bloated pig that it is into something that's speedy and pleasant to use? Or just throw Nautilus out and start building on Thunar, because it's roughly ten billion times faster. Yes, I measured.

And we need a utility to create those finicky .desktop files, because you know what, making your own that work properly is all kinds of difficult. Sometimes it's seemingly impossible.

And a way to select which indicators you're interested in seeing, and which ones you want to go away and never come back. I am not disabled and I don't need to zoom the desktop. I have wired Internet and I don't need to turn it off. These indicators not only make the desktop more cluttered and less pretty, but they sometimes put dangerous functionality within mis-clicking distance, such as cutting network access and breaking downloads.

And better themes.

And static workspaces as an option, without having to turn to half-broken extensions. Static workspaces are great in that you can assign specific workspaces to specific tasks. It allows you to know exactly where your things are. This is a great feature and it should be properly supported.

904: I would like to see the classical window manager (windows lists, with minimize, maximize, etc) on my desktop and more cofigurable options with default gnome installation (theming, panelns, etc).

905: Gnome 3 is great, I really like it.

906: GNOME's default creamy white theme is ugly and wastes screen space. Also, there needs to be some option to see open windows ala windows or unity without going to the gnome shell.

907: I love the compositor in GNOME. NO tearing!

908: I would like the option to specify what the computer does when on critical battery. At the moment GNOME power manager can either:

1) do nothing
2) hibernate

as I use an SSD i would rather not hibernate. I understand that critical power means just that. However, it was previously possible to select the option to suspend. Afterall, if the battery runs out it's my problem not the GNOME developers.

909: Yes, bring back GNOME2 now!!!

910: Not any more. I have given up on gnome :(

911: You are doing great job. Please ignore the conservative whiners.

912: go go go!!!

913: most things can be added with extensions like minimize maximize BUT those should come standard I like the extensions idea but not for common sense things.

914: Bring back gnome2. Reduce dependencies. More configuration options. Better thunderbird support. Less buggy nautilus.

915: Imho, the goal of having a full suite of applications might be spreading the resources too thin. I would rather see a lot of effort poured into a few, very useful and differentiating projects. Empathy, for example, was given a huge boost in usefulness with its gnome-shell notifications tie-in. Why not direct resources to really fleshing out empathy and telepathy to fill in the huge feature gaps? File transfer immediately comes to mind.

I, for one, really appreciate two understated things you guys have done. First, the shell is pretty small for what it does, and it flies for what it does, especially when compared to alternatives with similar features; great job! Second, since I tend to disagree with your designers' decisions far more than I agree with them, leaving the playing field fairly open for extensions really helps me use the shell in the way which i need to. many many thanks for this... it is well worth the effort!

916: have a zeitgeist plugin to search for files.
make a responsive desktopt

917: There are clear improvements using gnome-shell, but it makes me losing time to launch a command, some parts of the menu should be available directly in the shell (recently used, last apps, ...).

918: Design choises you made are not good for the working flow. More clicks, more "mouse-way" to do ~ and if you rly polish your DE, then please use more // better gfx ( vector ).
Function follows simple design.

919: The fixation with "sane defaults" is wrong on both counts. "Default" implies that changes can be made, but one of the persistent criticisms of GNOME 3 is the significant reduction in the ability to make changes. "Sane" implies useful for most people, but given the criticisms, this is obviously not true. Therefore, the non-defaults are not sane.

920: Bring back standard desktop features.

921: yes, Activities is cool but, if I'm working with more than one window and have to switch between all the time - it's a cluttered interface.
think of something as beautiful as dock (like cairo) but also minimalistic and Revolutionary just like chrome's tabs in title bar was

922: I think the css and javascript move for theming is very good, the look and feel is...OK, the usability is AWFUL, is good to try once not to do real work, like in a company. I would recommend to stop assuming just because designer think is better for him is better for other.

What I see now is an imposition from someone I don't know that whats to define how I should work with computer. I tested with some people, and in general only those people that are not used to do heavy task on computer, like having multiples documents or windows opens, multi-monitor, type with 10 fingers, get along with gnome shell, because other have lot of productivity problems.

So the main problem is usability is really bad for those o need to work. thank you cinnamon, even thought i miss wobbly e 3d cube workspace

923: In general please make multimonitor and window tiling easier to work with.

My job is software engineering and I enjoy the simplicity of gnome but sometimes wish I had something like xmonad style window tiling and multimonitor shortcuts in gnome.

Also fix the terminal so that resizes work again. Sometimes resizing the terminal forces me to do a terminal reset to fix an offscreen cursor issue.

Finally fix gnome 3 so that it doesn't suck to use gimp with it. Gimp sucks to use in gnome 3, like really sucks a lot.

924: I understand that it was time to start over with a new version. But you eliminated too many features. I would get Gnome 3 and send some money if some of the features were restored.

925: I do enjoy the emphasis and focus being put on UX, etc... but there is a fine line between simplifying an application, and removing features.

At this time I think my biggest gripe with gnome is the over-simplification and removal of some of the features I used most without these features even being exposed as an option via dconf, etc.

I feel as if I'm not gaining simplicity, I'm loosing choice and preference.

926: Better performance for the window overview; quicker default animations; easier configuration framework for extension development.

927: Just let the possibility to configure the Gnome to the traditional way for the user who need efficiency, because I tried Gnome 3, Unity, I saw Windows 8, and I cannot work with it, just like I never used KDE because GNOME was much faster, stable and interface was on my way. Nobody want eye candy hell with touchy posibilities. I use Linux with Gnome from the time when we had RH5 and Slackware. I use the computers for software development, Web development, CAD design etc. I cannot agree with you that the Gnome 3 way is better for my needs than clasic desktop design. I tried really but I`m not satisfied. If I must, I would rather work under LXDE, or even Fluxbox or similar. Just give the people to choose the system funcionality!

928: First off, listen to your users. Without your users, Gnome is not even relevant.

Bring more configuration options to Gnome 3, because as it stands right now, it is completely inferior to any desktop environment out there right now in that category. For a desktop environment in 2012 and for how "some" people say how "brilliant" it is, it is really lacking in so many fundamental areas.

Lastly, make the shutdown and restart buttons easier to access. If we want a "brilliant design", we need to be making UI designs that take less steps to accomplish the same tasks as we always have done, not more steps. Gnome doesn't seem to be the only desktop environment heading in a backwards direction, and that makes me sad because that doesn't bold well for the future of computing.

Thanks for reading.

929: I came from a MS windows desktop to gnome2 and was very happy with the amount of configuration options. After upgrading to gnome3 I was surprised at the lack of system preferences, themes, and GUI configuration options (I really miss them). I have a 120hz monitor and cannot set the refresh rate in the GUI. This isn't a difficult change to make in terminal, but what exactly was the decision for this. Was it left out or was there a decision to not include this option. Why can users not change the default behavior for system shutdown.

On a positive note, I have found I am able to live without a taskbar and actually like the windows overview mode for multitasking.

I know it is early, but full Wayland support would be a nice. Please improve support for extensions and GUI configuration options.

You can certainly simplify the default interface and behavior, but Linux has always thrived on choice, please do not limit how users are able to interact with their desktop environment.

Cinnamon is my current favorite desktop environment.

930: Fuck you and your apple wannabe attitude

931: Reduce the system requirements for Gnome. It's so heavy that on relatively recent systems it's a bit laggy, especially when viewing the 'app drawer'. It's really pretty, but the lag kind of ruins it, especially when I can get a far more responsive xfce desktop set up. Also, please bring back more of the advanced functionality. I know one can install the tweaking tool, but even then the customizability just isn't there that there was from version 2. Overall though, it looks really good and I am very pleased with the interface. it is a very ingenious design I think.

932: Look at Mint's work with Cinnamon; ignore Unity

933: A better integration in ubuntu.

934: GNOME is the worst designed desktop environment to ever exist.

Microsoft Windows would be a better desktop for Linux.

GNOME is designed for use by idiots.

935: Xfce is just thousand times better enviornmewnt

936: GNOME 3.x has surely brought a lot of changes. A lot of people didn't fully understand the new paradigm at first, but that is quite normal. I, myself, was not happy with the new interface at the beginning and couldn't manage to do my work as fast as I did in GNOME 2.x. I have been using Unity and XFCE for a long time now, but I'm slowly moving to pure GNOME again. That is because I have the impression that GNOME has reached a good level of maturity and stability, not to mention its extremely useful core features.
When it comes to usability, no other DE currently offers integrated instant messaging, thus making GNOME the fastest DE for my daily work.
I'd say that, question 09 aside, the only thing I wish for the future is performance improvements in full-screen applications, like videogames.

P.S. Keep being awesome.

937: KDE added a "mobile" version in addition to a standard desktop version. Windows 7 is a great office productivity solution as opposed to Windows 8. GNOME3 is just GNOME3. It has reminded me about how much I prefer simplicity. Easy example: such as my applications just existing in one space and not zooming focus or have to be "gestured" back simply because I started another task. (I HATE THAT.) If I was flicking around the screen with my finger and no mouse, I would definitely support GNOME3. In fact, that's what I tell my peers. Nothing replaces GNOME2 adequately without hacks, except maybe one of the forks. The only reason I'm using it now is because I have a netbook running Debian Squeeze.

938: I'm welcoming the design work put into the new GNOME first-party apps, but I would like to see more incentives towards third-party developers. GNOME absolutely needs them to help free software grow. I would like to see any free app run well under GNOME, even if it's made with Qt, HTML5 or Granite.

939: It would be great if GNOME Shell supported 4-way tiling/anchoring (to the corners) as well as the current 2-way left/right tiling.

940: I have given up on the stupid arrogant GNOME
Developers and their 3.x crap!
KDE constantly gets better and E17 looks promising
for the future.

I almost don't care anymore - good riddance!

941: make graphical window switching easier.
include shutdown menu item.
make more beginner friendly.

942: Keep up the good work!

943: good touch support in GTK and Clutter

944: Don't take away functionality
Make it easier to configure
Get a new default-theme, Zukitwo seems to be a good alternative
DON'T take away funnctionality!
(you did, at least in nautilus and seahorse and palimsest)
Don't rename the Applications to sth like "Files" "Internet" "Email" that just looks like you think all Users would be stupid as fuck, but they arent & those who are have greater problems when reporting problems

945: Improve PR. And improve availability of themes / plugins /addons. I would also like for Gnome to be the default desktop in Ubuntu. Fight for it ;)

946: Keep it up, guys! And focus more on desktop please :)

947: By moving to Gnome 3 you have removed the option for Gnome to exist/expand on corporate desktop's

948: Gnome 3 improving all the time. Keep it going.

949: Keep doing the great job!

950: Gnome 3.6 isnt too much different from previous Gnome version but you really screwed up the notification tray :) Icons there are too huge,program icons look too small in it,I needed to edit system files to reduce their size,please make them the same size as they were in Gnome 3.4 and enable the possibility of raising the tray like in Gnome 3.4 by pulling the mouse to the bottom of the screen.Also icons in the launcher tend to be too small when you have lots of programs there,you should make them larger and make the launcher scrollable (similar to Unity) but it is not a big issue.What you must do is integrate search through zeitgeist in Gnome 3.8 (I read you are already planning to do exactly that),the only thing keeping me from using Gnome all the time (I mostly use Unity) is the Unity dash search,Unity provides easy access to programs and files on my computer through dash and its zeitgeist backend.Also it shows the list of recent applications and files,you might want to integrate that too.Unity is clunky and unergonomic and has its share of flaws but dash search is just too great for me to leave it,if you integrate that in Gnome 3.8 I am switching to Gnome permanently.And please integrate more themes with Gnome :)

951: gnome's too huge ..

As Niklaus Wirth said:
"Software is getting slower more rapidly than hardware becomes faster"
This define gnome3 :'(

952: I think that the biggest problem is that we left Gnome2 which is very customizable to something that is completely rigid compare to the previous version. But things are going better and better , I hope it will change soon.

953: Please make a version of shell without the stupid, over the top, slow, badly supported composited effects. Something clean, simple and _fast_ would be nice.

My poor netbook is woefully underpowered for the performance eating monster that is the current shell but the fact that my gaming machine (i7 2600K, HD6970, proprietary drivers) can't run it smoothly is sadly telling.

954: For me, Gnome 3 is really an improvement from Gnome 2. Gnome 3 have changed the way I work with my computer.

955: Performance is really poor on my desktop, and worse on my netbook, Gnome appears to hemorrhage ram and occasionally forces my desktop to lock up as it starts swapping. Fix the ram leaks and gnome 3 would be perfect, I don't care if it starts with more ram and stays steady, but starting with a tiny amount of ram and then gobbling the rest up is not good.

956: Try and reduce dependencies on right click and mouse overs (don't remove them, just make sure they are not the only easy way).

Nautilus is awkward with a touchscreen, very hard to actually press anything in icon view.

957: My applications are my main focus, not the shell. Make it simple to launch applications and then stay out of the way like Enlightenment or Awesome does. I don't want or need fancy effects.

958: Keep going. It's better then Unity.

959: Cinnamon, merge please.

960: I am running GNOME 3.6 via Ubuntu Gnome Remix 12.10.

Gnome 3.6 has taken some steps forward, and some back. Each release seems to address a usability issue seen in a previous release, but goes about fixing them in rather convoluted ways. One example is the IM notifications, which require a mouse move -> hover -> wait -> click -> scroll to last message (possible bug?) -> read and respond. In previous versions it only required a mouse hover and a click to read and respond. Sure I can go into activities or press ctrl-m, but why am I going through so many steps for a feature that was once touted as fast and simple?

I can go on how GNOME is throwing out usability cases from GNOME2 which we all know and love. However, I truly believe GNOME can make a desktop experience that is both simple, useful and beautiful.

961: Stop trying to oversimplify!

Those of us who do not own tablets or want them do not want a tablet interface on our traditional desktops or laptops. The deeply-nested menus of cell phone interfaces hobble the workflow on a real computer. Overside icons needed for touch waste space with a mouse and a large screen. I have no interest in "re-buying" a replacement monitor to get a touch-screen, clearly the direction GNOME, Unity, and Windoze 8 are pushing.

There is too much of a difference between a media production workstation and a tablet for a single UI to reasonably cover both. I don't want GNOME or Cinnamon on my camera, nor do I want the camera's tiny touchscreen to be the model for my desktop.

Lastly, the reason Cinnamon had to become a fork of GNOME is the same as the reason the beautiful Frippery extenions still don't support GNOME 3.6: the constant changes to the underlying code make extension mantainance nearly impossible. That forced Mint to fork GNOME to cinnamon and those of us who need a system tray and a taskbar to switch to cinnamon. While I managed to make Frippery from GNOME 3.4 work along with the "icons on top" extension in GNOME 3.6, I installed Cinnamon alongside that, as I doubt I will be able to port frippery thorough upcoming generations of GNOME.

962: Please add more options for configure the desktop

963: Stop trying to out-design Apple. Do something that works for users, but might not win awards. I am a developer and I need my desktop environment to be productive.

It would be very nice to have an editor that can open large files (e.g. something like 40 Mb sql files). Gedit does a terrible job with this - even on my very powerful workstations.

Listen to your users before they all leave!

964: Include well-maintained window list AND tray extensions to bring back 99% of the missing functionality of GNOME2. This allows us to use BOTH the nice new GNOME3 interface but still have those useful GNOME2 features.

I am currently using third-party extensions to add this functionality back in, but they are buggy and leak memory.

965: Please remove the dead-space in the theme, i relly want usefull pixels!
Better multi-monitor configuration wanted too.

966: Stop removing features!

967: While GNOME 3 takes time to get used to, and can be seen as an improvement over the older version, the main crux of Linux is to have an OS that can be fully customized. By taking that away, it seems the GNOME project flies right in the face of that spirit.

968: don't remove any nautilus useful features -___- please..
i hate zeitgeist, make it go away..

969: First the good things: I never tried GNOME after April 2011, the start of "modern" Linux-DE age. Now that I have the chance to try it, I must say that it's by far the fastest. Good job.
I just don't understand the pulse to completely remove features, BREAKING things all the time even between fix releases, and most of all just the general tendence in making the experience un-configurable in a way that can suit a wider set of needs.
I just don't understand: You have the potentially killer feature, the Shell Extensions, and make almost no use of it and also making the use for third party very hard. I could foresee GNOME handling, with the advancement of Shell Extensions framework, basically every kind of possibly desired UX (while still providing the project vision as a default) but you seem not to acknowledge that both on the technical and community side of things.

970: Keep up the good work ! Be carful with Public relation...

971: I view GNOME3 as a completely new product. I would like to keep using the existing GNOME2 for as long as it suits me better. I manage this by sticking with GNOME2 on gentoo stable, and with MATE on fedora. The great thing about GNOME, is that GNOME2 still beats the socks off KDE, XFCE and all the others.

972: The activities menu shouldn't take all the screen, it's a bit nerving. And it should have more functions, like search in documents and web applications (dropbox, etc, ...) Anyway, I really love Gnome and wish you the best! Keep up the good work!

973: Stop pretending there are just "a few" users complaining. Please study the most successful open source projects and discover why they are actually successful, then learn from them.

974: keep up the good work, there are users that can understand that a new DE is not created over night, hell E17 took 12 years or so...

975: Too many click needed. No tiled window management ...

976: Put in a decent dock. Docks are useful. Without a dock, a cannot see what's running. I cannot rely on opening the shell to see what's going on. It's just plain bad usability.

977: I would like to say please don't be disparaged by all the negativity - I understand the friction; clearly Gnome Shell is a complete step change from the 90s desktop and wasn't going to replace GNOME 2.x seamlessly and without complaint from everybody.

The thing is, nobody is forcing anybody to upgrade - if you want new packages and the 20th century experience XFCE, openbox etc it's all there for you. Probably 90% of users are on reasonably modern (< 10 year old) hardware that can do desktop compositing. I think it's the 10% that complain so vocally while the rest of us just get on with it!

I am a happy user of GNOME 3.4. I used Unity for a couple of weeks and it just annoyed me so much that I stopped using Ubuntu completely and am now back to Debian, for good probably. It took me some time to get used to the new way of working in GNOME Shell but I find the layout sensible and the system on the whole productive.

What I would say though - is that I had to change some shortcuts and install a bunch of extensions (which caused stability issues) before I became happy with the usability of the desktop - please PLEASE make it easy to configure the little things, provide as many options as possible to do so.

I agree that by default the desktop should be homogeneous and work with the overall GNOME design principles, but if you're going to remove features (shut down, dual panes etc) that you know people use please give us the ability to at least restore them if we want to via easy options otherwise it feels like regression.

I imagine window title bars will be the next casualty of progress. With the 16:9 problem I personally think this is a necessary step - as long as you figure out a way to retain all the functionality in a usable way the fallout needn't be too bad. This area is probably where I felt Unity really failed.

Good luck, and I look forward to seeing all the new features and options in coming versions. In fact Ifound this survey was just scanning Phoronix while waiting for a new Debian netinst image to download so I can have a look at 3.6 in 'experimental'. Shame 3.6 didn't coincide better with the Debian 7 landing!

All the best and long live the GNU desktop.

Erik, UK

978: While some recent additions make using gnome a little harder to use, overall it's heading in a good direction.

My main annoyances lies with the recent changes to nautilus in gnome 3.6:-
* Searching seems to be a bit slow - typing in the first few characters of a directory and pressing enter quickly won't open up the directory.
* The keyboard binding to go to a previous directory (backspace) has been removed in nautilus :(
* I actually used to use the split window functionality in nautilus, opening up 2 instances of nautilus is slower - and upon quitting nautilus from the very top menu bar, closes both nautilus windows :(
* I also used to use nautilus to create a new file in a given directory - so I could easily create txt / bash files easily.

A few minor bugs:-
* some fullscreen apps don't always hide the top bar - such as when viewing some fullscreen flash videos, and mythtv - can easily be fixed by moving down a desktop then up again
* when starting empathy (it's running as a background process, but when opening up the contacts list) it doesn't focus the contacts window

Other than those few niggles, keep up the good work :)

979: After some adaptation period, I find the new interface easier and much more pleasurable to use. Keep up the good work!

980: Keep going in the current way: they listen to feedback but they also avoid swinging like a flag in the wind.

Right now GNOME it's an "opinionated" desktop and users need to understand the solutions it provides to the desktop management problem to use it effectively.

It rightly stays away from the multi-paradigm system trap knowing that's impossible to provide a system that's both simple, coherent and fully customizable at the same time (even more so given the current man power available).

That said, it offer many extension points, but they should not hinder progress on the main experience in any way: extension authors must get involved with the upstream GNOME development team to make sure their work is kept up-to-date with the project moving forward.

I think the current negative trend toward GNOME 3 is more to attribute to a lack of man power in the development team than other: the message for anyone complaining is to get involved in developing GTK and the other components instead of bolting hacks that simply scratch their own hitches.

981: Overall, I would say that I really like GNOME 3, with the exception that I miss certain functionality from GNOME 2, but the new UI is overall much better and allows me to do my work faster.

I would suggest to bring GNOME Tweak Tool functionality into the standard settings application.

982: Please listen to your user base. By alienating and ignoring requests you are only pushing people to try other desktop environments.

983: I think it would be good if the GNOME environment could continue to improve while still allowing the underlying technologies to integrate well with other desktop environments (or even custom setups).

And configuration items, if done well, are a good thing.

984: i recommend anyone to not use gnome! i recommend LXDE and suggest to look at Enlightenment.

listen to your users! the most linux users are poweruser who wants at least to have the possibility to configure the desktop how they want it and not how gnome wants it.

985: Do not force people to use 3D acceleration.

986: Please dont be like windows 8 !!!!

987: 1) keep up the good work!
2) focus on stability and interoperability

988: Personally, I would prefer that Gnome be kept Desktop centric and this includes Laptops; not focusing so much on touch interfaces.

989: I like both gnome-shell and unity, both have awesome features. I tried gnome-shell for weeks and I had some issues with the gnome notifications and I miss the launcher where I can quickly switch between applications. Maybe it is an Ubuntu issue. I don't know.

990: - Radical UI changes should be tested in a usability study before being forced on all users.

- GNOME should collaborate more with downstream projects such as Unity and Cinnamon.

- Users should be able to define a fixed number of virtual desktops, and arrange them horizontally as well as vertically.

- Session management was an awesome feature present in most X11 desktops, it's a shame that GNOME lost it.

991: Improve gedit please,

992: Listen to your users, not your designers. You are doing desktop software, not graphics software.

When I recently told people I'm moving to XFCE, all I heard was "oh, you were still using Gnome3? I have switched a long time ago."

993: Please listen to the users! The lack of vertical alignment of desktop icons is an annoying problem, which hasn't been tackled for about 3 - 4 years, eventhough more than 75% of the GNOME user-base want to have a perfect grid on the desktop, just like Windows 7 / XFCE. I'm currently using Cinnamon, which takes away alot of "GNOME-pain" - but it still heavily relies on GNOME and isn't matured yet (for production) - gonna change to XFCE soon. I know it's hard to do things that others want and not what you want, but to bring GNOME forward, I think it's the only way to listen to us.

994: Please lose the focus on tablets to the *exclusion* of your traditional desktop users.

Continue to support fallback mode for older (server, or very lightweight desktops). I think that I would rather use a Gnome-2 workalike based on current Gnome infrastructure than old frozen stuff such as Mate.

I find Gnome 3 rather clumsy but this is helped to some extent by plugins. I really prefer the older desktop actions, and traditional close/minimize/maximize controls.

995: When I started using GNOME 3, I was very pleased with it. There were a lot of things missing from GNOME 2, sure, but with major overhauls this is expected. My expectation was that you would be adding things back to the GNOME 3 environment as things got more stable. However, I've seen the exact opposite happen! You've removed a lot to get to GNOME 3.0, and instead of adding things back, you're removing what little there is left!

Wrong direction, guys. Don't make it worse for yourselves.

I've gotten a lot of what I missed from 2 in the form of extensions, but I really thing the GNOME team ought to observe the popular extensions and accept them into the core. If you, the core GNOME team, don't want to deal with some of these features (you really ought to), let your community do it, and more importantly, embrace their efforts! Some kind of community spotlight for extensions/themes is just one example of actually engaging with your community, something you guys have not done _at all_, leaving a lot of people thinking that you guys just don't care. I don't blame them.

You guys fit very well between Unity and Cinnamon in the market of modern desktop environments, please don't throw this away.

996: Please add download links to Gnome-shell's extensions.

997: Please please switch back the button order of [OK] and [Cancel].
That is the only reason why I don't like to use any GTK+ based application.
I think this change is stupid enough. We're Linux users, NOT Mac users!
I know there is a setting gtk-alternative-button-order in ~/.gtkrc-2.0 which may used for handle it, but please set it to 1 by default.

998: Don't forget about us HPC guys that control clusters of headless Linux systems from a single Gnome terminal. Being able to have several gnome-sessions and toolbars up at once is extremely useful.

999: The launcher integrated with active windows is just brilliant. The latest version of gnome shell is in Ubuntu is so slow that I changed to luna

1000: I used to use the Gnome 2 panels with XMonad as the window manager, but that type of use case is likely to be impossible with the removal of fallback mode (which is how I integrate XMonad with Gnome in my Ubuntu 12.04 installs).

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